- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 19, 2004

THEATER

Accidental Death of an Anarchist

• Nobel Prize laureate Dario Fo’s satire that probes the mysterious death of an anarchist who falls from a window while being interrogated by officials. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 5 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 14. Rorschach Theatre at Calvary Methodist Church, 1459 Columbia Road NW. $13.50-$19.50. 800/494-TIXS.

Anna in the Tropics

• A dashing Cuban lector is hired to read “Anna Karenina” aloud to the workers in a 1920s South Florida cigar factory, but his presence ignites a yearning for love in the workers. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 21. Kreeger Theater at Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $40-$59. 202/488-3300.



Blithe Spirit

• Charles Condomine is visited by the ghost of his dead wife, Elvira, who is determined to wreak havoc on the household, much to the dismay of his current wife, Ruth. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, 8 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 7. Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, Olney. $15-$36. 301/924-3400.

Defending the Caveman

• A one-man comedy show that looks deep into the male/female relationship. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 31. Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre, 1611 N. Kent St., Rosslyn. $35-$39.50. 202/397-SEAT.

Diamond Dead

• A world premiere musical by Richard Hartley about a rock band called the “Diamond Dead, who have a contract to feed the Grim Reaper, and the patrons are on the menu for dinner. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Through Oct. 31. The Landless Theatre Company at the District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. $15. 202/462-7833.

Grace

• An empty Florida condo, three dead bodies, police sirens blaring, a frenzied knocking at the door. Is this a pulp crime drama or God’s fateful hand at work?. 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Oct. 25-Dec. 19. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company at the Warehouse Theater, 1021 Seventh St. NW. $24-$42. 800/494-8497.

Guilty Until Proven Innocent

• Krissy, an affluent young lady in her mid-twenties, puts her heart on trial when she falls in love with a troubled thug named Pookie. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Oct. 26-31. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. $26.50-$39.50. 202/783-4000.

The Highest Yellow

• In December 1888, Vincent van Gogh, suffering from delirium and a self-inflicted knife wound, was admitted to a hospital in Arles, France, where he would endure an intense period of self-discovery. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Oct. 26-Dec 12. Signature Theatre, 3806 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. $30-$49. 703/218-6500.

La Lechuga (The Lettuce)

• An eccentric comedy that follows a dysfunctional family deciding what to do with their dear old bedridden dad. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Through Nov. 13. Teatro de la Luna at the Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St. Arlington. $15-$25. 703/548-3092.

The Light of Excalibur

• A twisted version of the classic tale where a young Arthur is paired with a modern-day computer whiz, Agnes, in his quest for the kingdom. 8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. Sunday. Oct. 22-Nov. 7. Kennedy Center Theater Lab, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. $14. 202/467-4600.

Macbeth

• Shakespeare’s tale about the fall of the once-noble Macbeth and his lady. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 24. The Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $12.75-$69.50. 202/547-1122.

The Matchmaker

• Thornton Wilder’s romantic comedy that became the basis for “Hello, Dolly!” 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Friday, Saturday; 12 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 24. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St., NW. $25-$48. 202/347-4833.

One Good Marriage, A Simple Tale of Glorious Grief

• A couple celebrating their first wedding anniversary has a chilling secret that bonds them together for life . 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday. Oct. 21-Dec. 14. Metro Stage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $32-$38. 800/494-8497.

The Pangea Projects

• Four world-premiere plays by up-and-coming writers. “Sky Girls,” the story of six women training to be air force fighter pilots during World War II is the first of the four new works. 8 p.m. Oct. 24-25. Theatre Alliance at the H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. $5. 800/494-8497.

Private Eyes

• A married couple star in a play together, but soon the couple have a hard time distinguishing what is real life and what is part of the rehearsal process. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Through Nov. 13. Journeymen Theater Ensemble at the Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. $15-$20. 202/669-7229.

Russian Readings

• Readings of new plays from some of the best up-and-coming Russian playwrights. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday; 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Through Oct. 24. Studio Theatre Secondstage, 1333 P streets NW. $5. 202/332-3300.

Shear Madness

• The long-running whodunit comedy continues indefinitely. 8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 9 p.m. Friday, 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday, 3:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday. Kennedy Center Theater Lab, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. $34. 202/467-4600.

Tabletop

• A crew of advertising pros try to create the perfect pitch for a smoothie commercial. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday; 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday; 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. Through Nov. 7. Round House Theatre, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $10-$35. 240/644-1100.

STAGE

The Capitol Steps

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202/432-SEAT.

• The musical and political satire troupe. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $31.50.

Cirque du. Soleil

RFK Stadium (grounds), 2400 East Capitol St. NE. 800/678-5440.

• “Varekai,” the troupe’s latest high-flying, artistic carnival. Times vary. Through Oct. 24. $55-$75.

Comedy Sportz D.C.

Ballston Common Mall, Old Vic Arena, 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703/294-LAFF

• Teams of comedians battle each other in competitive improv comedy sketches. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday. $8-$12.

Sinbad

Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. 202/783-4000.

• Sinbad. 7 p.m. Oct. 24. $35-$42.50.

Under the Beltway

Stage Door Restaurant and Bar, 1324 King St., Alexandria. 703/798-1064.

• Improvisational comedy. 8:30-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. $7.

DANCE

Dance Place

3225 8th St. NE. 202/269-1600.

• LEVYDance. 8 p.m. Oct. 23; 7 p.m. Oct. 24. $6-$18.

Joy of Motion Dance Center

Jack Guidone Theater, 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202/362-3042.

• “Meet Me at the Cafe.” Work by Arts United of Washington. 8 p.m. Oct. 23; 7 p.m. Oct. 24; 8 p.m. Oct. 30; 4:30 and 7 p.m. Oct. 31. $12-$20.

Kennedy Center

Eisenhower Theater, F Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW. 202/467-4600.

• “Giselle.” The Washington Ballet. 8 p.m. Oct. 21-22; 2:30 and 8 p.m. Oct. 23; 2:30 p.m. Oct. 24. $29-$84

SOCIAL DANCING

Adelphi Mill Recreation Center

8402 Riggs Road, Adelphi. 301/699-1477.

• Square Roots square-dance teaching club presents a series of dance lessons. 8 p.m. Monday. $32.

Avalon Studio

15 Mellor Ave., Catonsville, Md. 410/869-9771.

• Swing dancing second and fourth Saturdays. Beginners workshop 8-9 p.m., dancing 9 p.m.-midnight. $10.

• Swing dancing 8:30-10:30 p.m. Thursday. $5.

Dance Factory

954 N. Monroe St., Arlington. 703/528-9770. www.dancefactory.com

• Beginning to advanced ballroom, Latin and swing classes. 7-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Four weeks. $49.

• Ballroom, Latin, swing combo dances. 7-10:30 p.m. Friday. $9-$10; admission includes lessons.

• Country-and-Western dance every second Saturday. 8:30 p.m. lesson, 9 p.m.-midnight dance. $9.

• Contemporary ballroom dances and practice parties. Saturday nights. $9. Call for times.

• Social ballroom dancing. 7-10 p.m. Sunday. $9.

Dance Studio Lioudmila

18 Roth St., Alexandria. Private lessons and group classes, beginning to advanced ballroom, Latin and swing, no partners necessary. 703/751-8868.

• Tea dance, includes lesson and refreshments. 1-3:15 p.m. Fridays. $8.

• Dance party. 7:30-8:30 p.m. group class, 8:30-11 p.m. dance party. Saturdays. $10.

Friday Night Swing Dance Club

Several locations. Free refreshments. No smoking, no alcohol, no partners necessary. Dance workshops at 8 p.m. 410/583-7337. $12 admission, $10 for members.

Hollywood Ballroom

2126 Industrial Parkway, Silver Spring. 301/622-5494.

• Singles dance party. 8 p.m. lesson, 9 p.m. dance. Friday. $10-$15.

• Social ballroom dancing. 8 p.m. Wednesday, 9 p.m. Saturday. $10-$15.

• Contemporary ballroom dancing. 7 p.m. lesson, 8 p.m. dance. Sunday. $10-$15.

Irish ceili and set dancing

• Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann: Ceili. 8 p.m. second Saturday (September-June). John C. Wood Center, 3730 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax. Bogwanderers Ceili Band. $6-$12. 703/521-4340.

• Greater Washington Ceili Club: Ceili. 5-9 p.m. last Sunday of month (September-June). Cherry Hill Park Conference Center, 9800 Cherry Hill Road (north of I-495), College Park. $12 adults, $8 seniors and students, $5 ages 11-15, $30 family maximum. Band members vary. 301/294-3568.

Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia

8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. 703/982-0937.

• Israeli dancing with Ethan Halpern. 8-10 p.m. Tuesday. $4-$6.

Knights of Columbus Hall

6111 Columbian Way (Route 3), Bowie.

• LA Singles Friday Dance. Large wood dance floor accommodates up to 300 singles. Music is Top 40 and old favorites. Suits or dressy casual. 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. every Friday. $9. 410/721-6666 or 410-674-3737.

The Shark Club

4915 Elmo St., Bethesda. 301/718-4030.

• Swing dance with Tommy Barrick and Friends. Swing lesson during band break. 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. every Tuesday. $7 singles, $10 couples.

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